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Comment: Wrong! (Score 1) 83

by FlavaFlavivirus (#42739973) Attached to: Polymer Patches May Enable Effective DNA Vaccines
FTA: There are two basic kinds of vaccines. The first uses attenuated viruses. This common and relatively simple method uses “dead” or inactive viruses. As far as the body is concerned, it’s the proteins that encase the virus that are important, not whether or not the virus is “alive.” Wrong! Attenuated viruses are not "dead." They have been modified so as to cause much less-severe disease than the wild-type, but are still infectious. You might want to read the actual paper if you want to understand this topic.

Comment: Re:Correllation != Causation (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by FlavaFlavivirus (#39187953) Attached to: Those Sleeping Pills May Be Killing You
From the paper: "A randomised clinical trial of sufficient duration and size could provide definitive evidence for or against the disturbing mortality hazards suggested by our study. Some American NIH reviewers have opined that a randomised trial of hypnotic lethality would be unethical. No such trial has ever been mounted, perhaps for reasons similar to the absence of randomised trials of cigarettes and of skydiving without parachutes." It is absolutely unethical to give persons with no history of sleeping problems a potentially-lethal drug. This is as good as it gets.

Comment: Probably not what it seems (Score 5, Interesting) 1003

by FlavaFlavivirus (#38387522) Attached to: Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones
As a motorcycist, I would encourage people to not talk or text on their phones while driving. Whenever someone tries to kill me, it's always the same: a woman fiddling with her phone. However, I'm sure this ban would be enforced sporadically, with no reduction in traffic accidents caused by distracted driving...it will just become another excuse for the cops to pull you over and smell your breath.

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